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Written On Skin at the Venice Biennale 2019

  • Teatro Goldoni Venice Italy (map)

George Benjamin, the recipient of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement 2019, inaugurates the 63rd International Festival of Contemporary Music with his first broad-scoped operatic work, hailed as a masterpiece: Written on Skin, performed by the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai conducted by Clemens Schuldt. Created in 2012 for the Aix-en-Provence Festival, Written on Skin – which also involved Martin Crimp for the libretto and Katie Mitchell as the director, the cutting edge of the English scene – played for three years and was produced in five different versions following the inaugural production.

On this occasion the work is to be performed in the concert version.


George Benjamin
Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement award ceremony

followed by:

Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI
George Benjamin (1960) Written on Skin concert version (2012, 95’)
with James Hall (The Boy), Georgia Jarman (Agnes), Robert Murray (Angel 3 / John), Christopher Purves (The Protector), Victoria Simmonds (Angel 2 / Marie)
libretto Martin Crimp

conductor Clemens Schuldt

commissioned by Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, De Nederlandse Opera (Amsterdam), Théâtre du Capitole (Toulouse), Royal Opera House Covent Garden London

Earlier Event: August 25
Rinaldo at Glyndebourne Festival Opera
Later Event: October 26
Rinaldo with Glyndebourne on Tour